Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 15 May 2016

15 Year Action Plan ?



As per news reports , starting 2017 , NITI Aayog will put an end to 5 year plans and come out with a 15 year ACTION PLAN


Some critics are bound to ask :


"  In a rapidly changing World , does it make sense to raise the planning horizon to 15 years , when social / political / economic and technological advances are making it difficult to see beyond , even one year ?  "


This argument can be best replied by the following encounter that I had with an Indian friend who is settled in America and is working for a Paper Manufacturing plant there , as Planning Manager


During one of his visits to India , we got to discuss that favorite management subject called , " Long Term Strategic Planning " for all types of " Inputs " that go into manufacturing of paper ( manpower / finance / raw materials etc )


Talking about how his company goes about ensuring a steady supply of 25,000 trees that his factory needs EVERY DAY , he said :


"  EVERY DAY , we plant 25,000 trees that we will need to cut and process , ONE HUNDRED years from now

  Our raw material planning cycle is ONE HUNDRED years  "


Simply because it takes 20 / 30 years for a tree to reach full height ( of 40 feet ), before it can be cut and fed as " raw material " to the plant


As to the soft copy ( digital version ) replacing hard copies of paper , he simply added :


"  Notwithstanding billions of computers , paper demand keeps growing !


May be not for writing , but for packaging / paper towels / napkins etc "



So much for need for a long term Planning Horizon


One of these days , I will write about the various steps of the Planning Process itself and the nature of an ACTION PLAN


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16  May  2016

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